parsnip 'Tender and True'
- Position: full sun or part shade
- Soil: humus-rich, moisture retentive soil
A very popular variety for its reliability and its excellent flavour, sweet and rich and at its best roasted slowly alongside the Sunday joint. The long, elegant, tapering roots grow straight and true given a stone-free soil and are favourites for the show benches. They're also canker-resistant and have very little core, so there's more for your plate. Parsnip seed doesn't store well though, so sow a fresh crop every year for best results.
- Growing Instructions: Parsnips need a long season to grow well and do best started early in the year. They also dislike being transplanted, so sow direct into shallow drills and thin seedlings to 15cm apart, or pop two or three seeds in at 15cm intervals, nipping out all but the strongest once seedlings appear. Crops are ready from autumn onwards.
- Sow: March-April
- Harvest: October-February
- Approximate quantity: 800 seeds.
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Q:When do I plant potatoes and other veg?
When is the best time to plants potatoes? Also can you advise me what veg I could grow now until March with poly tunnels?Asked on 4/10/2006 by Bets Ingram
A:You can start chitting your early and maincrop seed potatoes in February, but the best time to plant is in early to mid spring. As for growing vegetables in your polytunnels, you have lots of options. Spinach, kale, and some varieties of lettuce will live through the winter in a polytunnel. Certain kinds of onion work well from an autumn sowing, and you'll get a much earlier crop than if you'd waited until spring. Other possibilities are cabbage, Pak Choy, Chinese cabbage, and most root crops. Leeks, beets, carrots, turnips, parsnips and radishes, can be sown for winter harvestAnswered on 5/10/2006 by Crocus
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